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Cognitive BiologyEvolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain, and Behavior$
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Luca Tommasi, Mary A. Peterson, and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012935

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.001.0001

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Is Cognitive Modularity Necessary in an Evolutionary Account of Development?

Is Cognitive Modularity Necessary in an Evolutionary Account of Development?

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(p.105) 6 Is Cognitive Modularity Necessary in an Evolutionary Account of Development?
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Cognitive Biology
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Nora S. Newcombe

Kristin R. Ratliff

Wendy L. Shallcross

Alexandra Twyman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.003.0094

This chapter focuses on the issue of cognitive modularity in the evolutionary account of development. First, it discusses an adaptive combination approach to the development of reorientation and the recent findings that support it. Two arguments for innate geometry are also presented: features alone cannot be used to reorient and an examination of geometric principles among the Munduruku (an Amazonian group who live in isolated villages and have limited access to schools).

Keywords:   cognitive modularity, adaptive combination, reorientation, innate geometry, geometry, Munduruku

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